These are now the last days of winter, and it looks as if we will not get any
real snow after all. The boys are disappointed, but I am ready for the sunny
days of spring. Our area is in desperate need of rain, and so far there hasnít
been much of that, either. We have had some very windy days, though.
Today was a real change of pace for me, as I didnít have anything scheduled
on the calendar. David and Christopher left early in the morning to take Lehigh
students up to Manhattan to serve at a soup kitchen. I went out browsing through
furniture stores with Mom, as they are trying to figure out what to do about
some of their furniture needs. Then I took Peter out for a driving lesson. We
lasted about 40 minutes, and then decided to come home. David had returned from
New York, so he offered to take Peter out again. Peter is a quick learner, but
there is no question that teaching someone to drive stick shift is not relaxing.
Although we were invited out tonight, our plan is to just unwind at home with a
movie and get to bed early. We have had a lot going on recently.
Stephen has been our headline news. He became sick about ten days ago, and
instead of getting better, he developed new symptoms, including a bright red
rash which spread over most of his body. This appeared to mystify the doctor. He
had a marathon appointment in which he was examined by three doctors, and they
discussed various theories such as strep throat, mono, and scarlet fever.
Towards the end of this the hospital had a fire alarm, so we had to go down five
flights of stairs. Then they wanted to do blood work. Poor Stephen, he was
completely done in. Although he has slowly gotten better, and the tests were all
negative, he still has a residual cough and body rash. I came down with a cold
and felt pretty miserable for a few days, too. Ben got a mild case of the same
bug as well.
Somehow we kept on going, and got done the things that had to be done. One
recent project has been organizing a memorial service for Ethel Houck, which we
had yesterday morning. It was a Feaver family affair Ė David led the service
(his first funeral), Dad played the organ, I read a eulogy, Second Peter read
one sent by First Peter, and Uncle David videotaped it. I think it all went off
very well. The only moment of serious panic was before the service began. Dad
finished the prelude but David was sitting up front deep in prayer and
meditation ó or was he asleep? All of us thought he had fallen asleep, and
were frantically thinking of ways to wake him up; he insists he was not even
dozing. We scheduled the service around some out of town people coming, and
instead of a reception, David and I took them out to lunch. After we said
goodbye to them, I had to come home and get some supper cooking here, because
Daniel had called the night before and said he would be showing up for dinner
with three college friends. They came up to deliver a hamster and guinea pig to
Christopher to babysit while they all go to Florida for spring break. They were
late in arriving, and no sooner did they show up, than we had to leave for
church for Speech Night. Homeschoolers in Pennsylvania have to give a speech
each year of their high school education, and so our church put together this
program for the five students in our congregation to give their speeches and be
evaluated. Chrisí speech on "The Snowflake Theory" was the best, in
my unbiased opinion. The whole day was quite intense, and thatís why we are
taking it easy tonight!
This is the season for banquets. Last week David and I went to the CPC
banquet to hear Alan Keyes speak. He is a very gifted speaker. I decided to vote
for him when I heard him in the presidential debate. Brother Peter insists I am
just throwing my vote away, but he impressed me as clear- thinking, articulate
and unapologetically Christian (Catholic).
The very next night we went to a banquet for Peterís high school. They
showed a video made of the school, and we eagerly looked for Peter throughout,
only to see him for about one second with his face turned away from the camera.
Then we had a dinner theater production of the story of William Tyndale, which
did serve to impress us with the tremendous commitment of these Christian
heroes. I was pulled onto center stage to dance with the court jester, naturally
a potential source of embarrassment to Peter (and maybe David!).
Thatís the kind of thing weíve been doing: taking Chris to his 4-H
veterinarians club, attending a MAFA staff meeting, going to the Lehigh Bible
study, reading Winnie-the Pooh to Benjamin, etc. I have finished my history
lessons with MAFA and now have just two weeks of Pride and Prejudice
until our closing program.